Press TV, London
The UK has been rocked by the kidnap and suspected murder of a 33-year-old woman. A former MET officer is in custody on suspicion of murder. This comes amid reports of widespread sexual harassment of women in the UK. Most victims say they had no faith in the police to help them.
Human remains have been found in the woodland’s of Kent, a week after 33 year old Sarah Everard disappeared on her way home from a friend’s house in Clapham, London. Detectives have not yet been able to confirm the remains are hers and the investigation is ongoing, but the discovery has dashed hopes of finding her alive. In the wake of this, women across the country have taken to social media to express their fear and anger.
According to a survey from UN Women UK, 97 percent of British women aged 18-24 have been sexually harassed and most of them say it happened in public places.
Sarah Evernard took the necessary precautions. She called her partner on the way home, wore bright clothes and walked along busy traffic routes.
Two people have been arrested in the case of her disappearance; one of them a serving Met Police officer, responsible for uniformed patrolling of diplomatic premises - including Downing Street and the Palace of Westminster. He is now being questioned on suspicion of murder. Scotland Yard says this damning revelation has sent shockwaves through the force.
A report based on the largest study ever conducted on the prevalence of violence against women shows this is a global crisis. It includes data from 158 countries.
The study’s figures track a period from 2010 to 2018, so they do not cover the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that, with successive lockdowns, has seen a spike in all kinds of abuse.